Brisbane Roar have defeated the Chinese U-22 national side 2-1 in Monday night's heated clash at Cbus Super Stadium after goals from Petros Skapetis and Massimo Maccarone.
In a fiery pre-season contest on the Gold Coast, the Roar have secured their third victory of the 2017/18 pre-season with a dominant second half performance against their youthful Asian opposition.
Massimo Maccarone's penalty in the 88th minute helped the Roar to a deserved victory after the visitors were reduced to 10 men late in the second 45 minutes.
A foul in the penalty box on the Italian striker was initially waved away by referee Adam Kersey, however, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) reversed the decision and awarded the spot-kick to the Hyundai A-League side.
The match saw both teams create their fair share of chances but it was the Roar who controlled the possession and dominated play throughout the second half proceedings against Monday night's opponents.
Head Coach John Aloisi was pleased with his side’s creativity throughout the contest against tough opposition.
“It was a good hit-out. We’ve trained really hard the last two weeks so for the boys to play like they did against a good side was fantastic for us,” Aloisi said.
“I think that with the ball we showed a lot of positive signs.
"I thought in the second half we were better defensively than we were in the first half but the Chinese are very technical and have players that can cause some problems.
“Overall we dominated the match and created numerous clear-cut chances. It was great to see Skapetis and Maccarone get on the scoresheet again for us.”
With links to football legend Marcello Lippi, fellow Italian coach Fabrizio Del Rosso's Chinese U-22 side entered the contest in good form after a recent win against Japan and made the Roar work hard for the win on the Gold Coast.
Petros Skapetis scored the opening goal of the game in the tenth minute with a composed finish after being played through on goal by midfielder Brett Holman.
The U-22 side stunned the crowd at Cbus Super Stadium in the 18th minute when Shihao Wei headed the equaliser past Roar stopper, Jamie Young.
Skapetis was denied his second goal of the match after Yuchen Zou saved the attacker's effort brilliantly from point-blank range with half time approaching.
The away side went down to 10 men in the 71st minute following two yellow cards to goalscorer, Shihao Wei.
Young, who was solid throughout the contest in the Roar goal, was called into action in the 76th minute and superbly denied Hao Liu from close range.
Brisbane's hard work finally paid off in the 88th minute when marquee striker Maccarone slotted the penalty past Zhou in the Chinese U-22 goal.
John Aloisi's side turn their attention to Friday night's pre-season fixture against Hyundai A-League rivals Melbourne Victory in Ballarat, Victoria.
STORY OF THE GAME
- Following a high-tempo start at Cbus Super Stadium, Brisbane Roar took a deserved lead early on in the match through winger Petros Skapetis, after brilliant link-up play in midfield between Captain Matt McKay and Brett Holman.
- The away side responded after going behind by putting attacking pressure on the Roar and found their equaliser in the 18th minute courtesy of a Shihao Wei header.
- Following the red card to goalscorer Shihao Wei in the 71st minute, Brisbane Roar took advantage of the extra man and piled on the pressure during a dominant second half showing against their youthful opposition.
- The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was called into action in the 87th minute and reversed referee Adam Kersey's decision to deny the Roar a spot-kick after Massimo Maccarone was fouled in the penalty area.
- Maccarone's third goal in Orange gave the Roar their third win of pre-season as John Aloisi's side will look to continue to build strong momentum on Friday against the Victory.
Brisbane Roar; Skapetis 10'; 0-1
Winger Petros Skapetis is played through on goal by Brett Holman and composedly finishes past opposition goalkeeper Yuchen Zhou to put the Roar ahead.
U-22 Chinese national team; Wei 18'; 1-1
Dun Ba finds space on the left wing and crosses into Shihao Wei, who heads the ball past Roar keeper Jamie Young to equalise for the Olympic side.
Brisbane Roar; Maccarone 88'; 1-2
Brisbane's Italian marquee striker confidently steps up to the penaty spot and makes no mistake as the Roar secure their third win of pre-season.
Hyundai A-League 2017/18 pre-season - Chinese U-22 national team v Brisbane Roar. Monday, 28 August 2017.
Venue: Cbus Super Stadium, Robina
Chinese U-22 Olympic national team 1 (Wei 18')
Brisbane Roar 2 (Skapetis 10', Maccarone 88')
Half Time: 1-1